Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

QLD: Evening Lecture - "The Charge at Beersheba and its Context" - Presenter Capt Adele Catts

  • 31 Oct 2017
  • 18:00 - 20:30
  • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Petrie Terrace Brisbane


  • Members and Guests / Non Members

Registration is closed

RUSIQ Evening Lecture            

Tuesday, 31 October 2017,      1800,    RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks

Subject:  “The Charge at Beersheba and its context”

“For days the Charge was the talk of the camps and messes. The Australian Light Horse had galloped into history”

Every Australian recognises the image of the Australian Light Horseman, it is up there with cricket, koalas  and beer! Is this accolade deserved?

This presentation will be delivered on 31 October, the 100th Anniversary of the famous charge by the 4th and 12th Light Horse at Beersheba in Palestine, a pivotal action on the road to Jerusalem.

No other action by Australians in the Middle East in WWI has caught the public imagination as has the Charge. Two feature films have been made about it.

The build up to this action and its aftermath will be examined as part of the Palestine Campaign of WWI

Presenter: CAPT Adele Catts enlisted in the Australian Army Reserve (WRAAC) on11 February 1981.

She had an early taste of “Museums”, in 1983, when she worked at Army Museum  NSW whilst studying. In 1993 she completed the “Army Curator’s Course” at the AWM, and was posted as Curator at the 3rd/9th Light Horse (SAMR) Museum in Adelaide. She has completed a further 5 University courses in Museum studies.

CAPT Catts became well known in southern Queensland circles during her 18 years as Curator of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (QMI) Museum at Enoggera. In July 2013 she was posted to Victoria Barracks, Brisbane, as the Manager, Army Museum South Queensland, her current posting.

CAPT Catts attended the centenary celebrations of the Anglo-Boer War in South Africa, 2000, and Gallipoli and Beersheba, 2008, in an official capacity. She was an Honorary ADC to two Queensland Governors (2003-08) 

To register to attend this lecture, please phone the Secretary: Mr Rick Jeffreys OAM  0411 511 369, or email to by Monday, 30 October 2017

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)

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